Singapore’s regulatory body the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) plans to begin piloting the digital currency “E-CNY” – also known as the digital yuan, in collaboration with China to encourage tourism spending.
The two countries first signed a Memorandum of Understanding to work together back in 2020. No timeline was given for when the digital currency would be trialled.
The digital currency project is developed by the People’s Bank of China, MAS and the Digital Currency Institute of the People’s Bank of China– the digital currency will allow travellers from both countries to use E-CNY for tourism spending in both Singapore and China, said the regulatory body in a press release.
The discussions around the E-CNY took place at the 19th Joint Council for Bilateral Cooperation in Tianjin earlier today – the event was co-chaired by Singapore’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, Lawrence Wong, and the People’s Republic of China Executive Vice Premier of the State Council, Ding Xuexiang.
The digital currency is China’s digital version of the yuan and it is not a decentralized currency – It is designed mainly for domestic retail payments at present. The new digital currency meets the public’s demand for cash in the digital economy era, according to the BIS – it will support the development of retail payment infrastructures and aims to improve payments.
Over the years China has been trailing the currency domestically – eventually, the country plans to explore pilot cross-border payment programmes.
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